The end of Windows Server 2003 isn’t a disaster – it’s a fantastic opportunity.  But, as usual, the whole world is approaching it from the wrong perspective. Doom, gloom, security risks, application compatibility challenges, compliance issues…..

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Fortunately there is a silver lining here.  You can get more from your technology investment and solve key business challenges at the same time as banishing the negatives.  The opportunities in plain English are: [click to continue…]

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I remember way back in the dark ages of the late 1990’s when laptops were often supplied as status symbols.  The actual idea of ‘business need’ was alien.  If you were an executive you could expect to be supplied with a shiny new laptop even though you would probably leave it in your top drawer for the next two years.

And the lowly ‘engine room’ people were left to struggle with the practicalities and expectations of doing the work on meagre, second owner technology. [click to continue…]

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Remember when work meant sitting at your desk in an office 9-5 Monday to Friday.  And then sneakily some of the larger companies (with larger budgets) started to offer some flexibility.  It was possible to work remotely (from home or anywhere with an internet connection) and it was also feasible to expect systems to be available for longer hours. Hmmmm….cunning. [click to continue…]

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Just as you find some breathing space after upgrading your PC estate and throwing away all those old Windows XP licences Microsoft has another date for your diary.  July 14, 2015 (yes this year) is the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2.  It’s not that far off and experience shows that any upgrade or migration of this nature needs good planning and preparation.  You can, of course, take a chance and stay with Server 2003 until it breaks but here’s why you shouldn’t: [click to continue…]

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It’s all too easy so say you have a backup (and wave a tape around as your recovery pass) should problems arise but can you answer the following questions?

  • What exactly is on the tape?
  • More importantly, what isn’t on the tape?
  • Are all possible data locations within your firm protected against loss? Accidental or otherwise.

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Business Continuity is often left to left to the IT department to initiate. A few new backup tapes and extra telephone lines – just in case disaster strikes.

Proper Business Continuity has input from all areas of the firm. By the time it ends up being a set of technical procedures designed to either mitigate risk or provide suitable workarounds it should have been given full consideration across the business. [click to continue…]

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Most conversations around SME computing go straight to ‘THE CLOUD’ and remain there.  It’s all about the benefits of having your systems and data in a secure, always on, easily accessible, enterprise grade setup that grows with you in a way that is very financially attractive.

This, of course, is all true and every business should consider hosting part or all of its IT in the cloud.  But there are other options and, taking an agnostic and independent view, here are some of the benefits of Windows Server 2012 essentials as an ‘on premise’ solution – i.e. a server in your office. [click to continue…]

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How do you ensure that the most complicated systems, the most technically advanced products and the most diverse projects are delivered and supported in the simplest way?  Following the 5 points below will enhance IT service delivery and make your life easier. [click to continue…]

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NetworkThe need to have a professional, comprehensive network is more Important than ever now as your business tries to work in different ways with new technology; and with a new, mobile workforce who expect to do ‘anything from anywhere’.

A few years ago the collaboration on your network was focused on data – emails, documents and not much else. Now, even the smallest of networks has the added pressure and complication of voice and video. [click to continue…]

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In the dim and distant past there was a time when a telephone system was something that enabled you to manually dial a number and speak to the person on the other end.

Of course this is still the main function of any telephone system but technology moves fast in this particular area and terms such as Unified Communications (UC), presence and mobile collaboration are now widespread.

Whilst all these things are readily available it’s important for the smaller business to understand the key functions that they should be looking for in any telephone system. [click to continue…]

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